2021 B’Yachad Gift Bag Program Planning Has Begun

With Hanukah beginning early this year, planning for the annual B’Yachad Gift Bag program has already begun. JFS invites everyone to support the program’s goal of delivering more than 200 gift bags including items for health and safety and a gift card for home essentials and groceries to our clients in need this year. B’Yachad […]

Volunteers Help Make Socially-Distanced Passover for All Special

Thanks to the generosity and creative spirit of volunteers, JFS was able to deliver Passover foods and supplies to 215 homes of seniors and disabled adults in the greater St. Paul area. These deliveries made it possible for Jewish clients to celebrate the tradition of retelling the story of the exodus at their seder table. […]

April is National Volunteer Month

In honor of National Volunteer Month, JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon tried to describe why people volunteer. What is the return on investment. After several attempts, she said, “Let me ask one of our volunteers. She can articulate it better than i can.” Margie reached out to volunteer Joni Abramson, who was happy to […]

Volunteers Needed for Passover for All

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul (JFS) is recruiting volunteers for Passover for All, an annual community outreach effort. In partnership with the Minnesota JCC, kosher-for-Passover food and supplies are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday. There are three opportunities to help with this community outreach effort. First, a gift of $36 […]

Passover for All Planning Has Begun

Just as our annual Passover programs had been fully developed last year, the world tilted due to COVID, and we had to re-think everything. JFS, as well as everyone else, longs for the day we can all return to in-person events and programs. But until that day, we are offering our annual Passover programs including […]

JFS Staff Member Featured at MAVA Conference

JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist Margie Solomon was a presenter at the recent MN Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) leadership conference. During the “Tapping into the Strengths of Older Volunteers” workshop, Margie, along with two other co-facilitators, helped participants explore pathways to volunteering for seniors and recognize the significant value they bring. While abilities may change […]

10th Annual B’Yachad Gift Bag Program Adapts to COVID

In keeping with our tradition, JFS will be leading the B’Yachad Gift Bag program again this year. B’Yachad is our community’s opportunity to contribute to gift bags for people who are experiencing increased levels of isolation and loneliness. They need to know that we care and are thinking about them during the holiday season. We […]

Volunteers Needed for Passover for All

JFS is recruiting volunteers to help with the annual community outreach effort Passover for All. In partnership with the JCC, kosher-for-Passover food and supplies are provided to families to help them celebrate the holiday. Volunteer to assemble supplies on Tuesday, March 24 beginning at 7:00PM at JFS. Keshet Berlinsky Edry, the Shlicha (Israeli emissary) from St. […]

JFS and Sholom Partner to Enrich the Lives of Elders and the Greater Community

JFS is partnering with Sholom to bring the benefits of gardening to Sholom residents as we volunteer together to share the bounty of the season with a worthy organization in the greater community, Open Arms of Minnesota. We’re seeking 15-20 friends to support residents by volunteering to harvest and package garden produce on Thursday, September […]

Making an Impact – Making an Impact Improves Quality of Life

In the Making an Impact series, clients and services are featured to expand awareness of the wide array of help available at JFS and to ensure donors understand the lives they touch and the difference they make throughout the community. Client names have been changed to protect their confidentiality. The JFS Volunteer Engagement Specialist received a call […]